Anyone who knows me, knows that I might have a SLIGHT obsession with dogs… 😉 If I could, I’d rescue them all and make their lives a little happier! I have a heavy heart seeing all these stray dogs on the island. Before I started school here, leaving my family, friends, and dogs was one of the hardest things I had to do! The first few weeks on the island, it didn’t feel like ‘home’ to me. One reason being I didn’t have dogs running around and greeting me when I came home from school. With all that being said, I’d like to take a minute to just explain how much two little island strays could come to mean so much to me.
MANGO [light brown] was a little skinny stray that was often found around our apartment complex when I was a first-semester student. All the students in my first semester class loved her at first sight. We all started feeding her and caring for her. She would wait with us for the school bus, and she would be waiting there, excited, when we got home. As the days went on, I grew more and more attached to this little pup, more so than the others. I don’t know what it was about her. She was gentle, loving, and loyal. You could tell that all she wanted was someone who loved her and would keep her safe. There was one point where we weren’t allowed to have dogs at the complex anymore. For that week without giving her any food, she still kept coming back and waiting for me outside my apartment. From that moment on, I knew she was different. I started taking her to the vet with the help of my neighbor and his car. She got all her vaccines, de-wormer, and a round of chemotherapy because of a tumor she had. A few months later, we ended up moving to a house with a big backyard and lots of space. I could tell she finally felt like she had a ‘home’. Today, she’s a chunky, happy, spoiled princess who just wants everyone’s attention! I love her so much and she’s made some of my toughest days easier just by her cute little face.
REMI [black and brown] used to belong to a former student at my school. He lived outside of the school off of scraps and any kind of food he could find. It always broke my heart seeing him, but he seemed to be fine and happy. I knew I really shouldn’t let myself get attached to another dog. He would sleep under cars during the day because it was too hot outside, and he was afraid of getting beaten or hit by cars. Recently I noticed he had been getting skinnier and skinnier. Last week, I saw that it looked like he had gotten into a dog fight, and the upper half of his right ear had been torn. It was leaking pus and blood and was very infected. This was the last straw for me! I HAD to take him and help him. I lured him to my car with KFC chicken and finally got him home. One thing that broke my heart was when we were driving home, he climbed right into my lap and tucked his head into my stomach and cuddled up to me. I didn’t even care how dirty he was. The poor thing just wanted some love! That’s when I knew I did the right thing. Once we got home, he got a nice warm bath and a good ear cleaning, and I gave him a flea/tick capsule. We picked about 4-5 huge ticks off of him. For the next few days, he had to wear a bandage wrapped around his head to protect his wound, and a cone around his neck because he kept pulling the bandage off. Today, he is still skinny, but gradually getting fatter from eating his 3 meals a day. His ear is not infected anymore, and the wound is almost fully closed up! He’s cuddly and gentle and loves attention.
I’m not sure about their futures, but for now, they are happy & I am happy. The two of them love to go exploring around the neighborhood. There are lots of hills and trees for them to run through. Mango asserts her dominance, and Remi has no problems following her around and being her sidekick. They get into lots of mischief, but I am so glad they have each other. Mango gives him a look and he follows her wherever she goes! What a difference a loving home can make in the life of a stray dog! If I could, I’d probably have about 10-12 dogs right now. I have a huge heart for these babies and wish people would see what I see in these strays. All they want is a loving home and some attention. I thank my boyfriend for putting up with me for always wanting to take home dogs, and helping me care for Mango and Remi. I’m so thankful to have my furbabies!